Bible: Judges 3:1-7

3:1 These were the nations the Lord permitted to remain so he could use them to test Israel – he wanted to test all those who had not experienced battle against the Canaanites. 1  3:2 He left those nations simply because he wanted to teach the subsequent generations of Israelites, who had not experienced the earlier battles, how to conduct holy war. 2  3:3 These were the nations: 3  the five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo-Hamath. 4  3:4 They were left to test Israel, so the Lord would know if his people would obey the commands he gave their ancestors through Moses. 5 

3:5 The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 3:6 They took the Canaanites’ daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites; 6  they worshiped 7  their gods as well.

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3:7 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. 8  They forgot the Lord their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs. 9 

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